Sunday, August 30, 2015

Haute Dogs collection swatches

Yes I know that I'm behind on collections. I haven't had much money lately, and unfortunately I don't get free samples.  So I get what I can when I can.  Two things I love are fall-themed lipsticks and MAC's Mineralize lipsticks for when my lips are dry (like in winter). The older I get the more I like creamy lipsticks that don't show all of my deep lip lines.  As I said in my last post, once you get to a certain point no over-the-counter lip treatment can get rid of the really deep ones. Primer helps but that's another post. When I'm in a hurry I like a lipstick that can look good all on it's own.  Most of MAC's creamy formulas do that for me, but the Mineralize ones FEEL good, like a lip balm.  So I wanted to get some nude/light colors to use this winter.  I picked up 2 from Haute Dogs that I thought would work.  The first, Rare Breed, isn't an overly noticeable color but I love the way it looks on me - a perfect pinky nude.  The other, Barking Gorgeous, does show more lines because it's a milkier peach color, but from a regular distance (vs. an up close photo), it looks nice.  Both are keepers for me.

I'm doing okay for my age, I think (let's just say over 45). Wearing Rare Breed here
Rare breed swatch and Barking Gorgeous swatch


Rare Breed
Barking Gorgeous

Rare Breed on my lips.  I love love love it


Barking Gorgeous is not quite as forgiving of lip lines due to it's more opaque peachy color

Friday, August 28, 2015

MAC Veluxe a Trois collection lipstick swatches

I've been so busy lately that I haven't had time to post.  I have gotten a few lippies from MAC collections that surprisingly didn't sell out right away.  I am very surprised that as I type this, they're still not sold out. I like all of the ones that I got, and am liking the Cremesheen texture better as I get older.  Sadly, the lip lines aren't going to go away until I can afford some sort of plumping injection, but at least the creamier textures don't call as much attention to it.
I truly love all 3 of these, but my brain is in "autumn color" mode now so I'm really loving Royally Riotous. Such a gorgeous, rich brown! It's right up there with Shitake, Photo, Film Noir and Styled in Sepia for me.
If you haven't looked at this collection yet you really should.

Heaux lipstick from Veluxe a Trois

Quelle Surprise

One swipe of Quelle Surprise

Royally Riotous

Saturday, August 15, 2015

MAC Patentpolishes

If you didn't try MAC's lip crayons the first time that they came out, you have another chance.  I know that I'm "MAC biased", but between Nars, Urban Decay, and MAC's crayons, I like MAC's the best because I don't have to sharpen them. Plus the rounded tip makes them very easy to apply, even without a mirror. They only come in 1 finish, so if you're looking for a variety of finishes this isn't for you (try Nars in that case). These usually have a slightly glossy finish, but they're not tacky. They work wonderfully on lips with deep lip lines, they float over the lines but don't bleed.
This time around I bought 2 to try, French Kiss, a nude that was originally released with the Osbourne collection, and Ruby.  I don't remember if Ruby is a re-release.  Anyhow, here's a hand swatch in natural light:
French Kiss on the left Ruby on the right
And below swatches on my lips.  I love both colors. I heard that they were making these permanent and I really hope that's true. Stop by your MAC counter and give them a try.  I hope that you're enjoying your weekend!



French Kiss only (no liner or primer)


Ruby (again no liner or primer)